Meet Cooking Class Instructor, Gianaclis Caldwell
Get to know Gianaclis Caldwell ahead of her class, "Easy Mozzarella and Burratta - From Scratch!" on March 7. Gianaclis is the author of the award-winning book Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking and owner of Pholia Farm.
Tell us how your love of cooking (or cheese) and food began.
I actually fell in love with making cheese before I came to fully love eating it. Up until my interest in making it started, I hadn't tried that many really grand cheeses. I enjoyed the usual suspects, but along with a hunger for knowledge grew the hunger for truly epic cheeses.
Did you go to school for cooking or cheese making? If so, where?
Even now, there are no definitive ways to learn to make cheese, which might be a good thing! When you work with milk as the major ingredient there is more variation than with arguably any other food ingredient. This means that only with time and practice can you perfect the craft. I learned from books, time, and classes - and I'm still learning!
What is your specialty or what are you best at?
In teaching, I'm known for being able to break the complex science into fun, digestible bites in a way that invigorates your cheesemaking quest.
If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
I'm going to make this if I had one cheese to eat for the rest of my life. This might come as a surprise, but I wouldn't choose some of the more complex, mind-blowing cheeses that I just drool for (such as Rogue Creamery's Echo Mountain Blue and Jasper Hill Farms Harbison). Instead it would be Oregon's Ochoa Creamery (Don Froylan) Queso Oaxaca. It's truly one of the most satisfying and well crafted simple cheese in the US. (Even when I'm at big cheese competitions judging, it is always up there at the top!)
When you are not with the goats, how do you enjoy spending your time?
Not really a surprise, but writing. If we get to get off the farm for anything other than working (my teaching and book travels) then hiking is a big love. I also teach ballet to older ladies (my age and up) and take ballet. In another life (one that made me not so tall) I would have loved to have danced.
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